I have had a really fantastic weekend that has been jam-packed with good times (recap in un momento). I’m sure you can guess what else it has been jam-packed with… EATING.
One of my friends had a girls’ night last night, and I find that any time a bunch of girls get together, the conversation inevitably finds its way to diet, exercise and health in general.
We talked a lot about how you would think winter is the time for unhealthy eating, since people tend to hibernate a bit more, couch it up, and binge on nachos and pizza. But after some reflection, we all agreed that it is not winter that is the dangerous season, it is the summer!
You think it’s better because you’re outside and you tend to be more active, but the summer is sneaky. It isn’t even July yet and my weekends are already almost booked with events and functions until mid-September. Barbecues, showers, weddings, camping trips, cottage trips, birthday parties, etc. All are fun times, and they make me love the summer, but these are the places I tend to go to absolute town in the eating department.
I eat pretty well when I am in my regular routine. My meals and snacks are almost scheduled, and this helps me to keep my appetite in check and not overeat. But I’ll tell you what is bad for me (if you haven’t already discovered this from reading my blog)… EVENTS. Any sort of event out of the reg makes it almost like…the food I eat doesn’t count?
And though my stomach and I are BFFs and I don’t really have any allergies or issues with food, overeating does make my tummers feel like bummers.
I don’t really have a suggestion to overcome this. I guess try to make healthy choices as much as you can and continue to be active and you’ll be alright? I dunno, ask me at the end of summer. I don’t want this to be a “do as I say, not as I do” thing, because I am still learning how to keep my eating in check. I think I am just going to try to make eating something I’m conscious of when I’m at a party or event. Conscious of, but not obsess over. I still want to enjoy my eats and not stress about how many calories are in a piece of cake.
And I want to keep up with the working out three to six days a week.
Anyhoozle, now that that’s out of the way, weekend recap time!
Yesterday we spent most of the day at Android’s parents house to celebrate his dad and nephew’s birthdays.
The brunch spread was ridiculous, as per usual…
On my plate from left: turkey bacon, chicken and broccoli quiche, egg and salsa wrap, french toast casserole, pancake. I snagged some fruit on the side that went unpictured, so this is not unhealthy, but more than I would usually eat and I was FULL afterwards.
But of course I had cake…
It was a beautiful little cake, and it was even more beautiful on my plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
I love how often Andrew’s family gets together. It is always a good time.
Ah, teen angst ;).
The glasses made a reappearance…
And there were some decent basement disco dance parties…
Caitlyn’s doll had some trouble keeping her nungas covered up. Such a hussy ;)
A fun day, fo’ sho’. I had some other fun stuff going on as well, but my camera took a vaycay…and I don’t want this post to be a million years long.
Today was my friend Beth’s bridal shower!
I seem to be having a similar wardrobe malfunction as Caitlyn’s doll…
In addition to my shower gift for Beth, I framed this gem for her, a pic of us taken about 10 years ago at our Grade 12 prom!
Hello yellow hair and punk Beth. Hehehe. I love old pics.
The shower included a ridiculous food-spread…
I brought the goat cheese and honey dip (what else would I bring?), and the other dips were quite fab as well. I actually thought this was it for food, so I definitely hung out by the table and did my fair share of snackage.
But then, there was more!
All the food was amazing. Such a good combination of flavours and I truly enjoyed everything on my plate. From left: salad with goat cheese, walnuts and craisins (SO GOOD. I WILL be recreating this), bun with salmon, small scoop of potato salad, tuna salad sandwich, hard-boiled eggs, crackers with goat cheese and honey dip (I can’t stay away from it!), bean and chickpea salad, pickles, Babybel cheese.
Yumfest. I was stuffed.
And then there was cake!
Obvs I snagged some of that…
We played some fun games as well! The first game was how well you know the bride, which I would have KILLED had I been a participator rather than a moderator.
The second game we played I was in charge of, and it is my very favourite bridal shower game. Toiler paper bride!
In groups of three or four, you designate one person to be the bride, and then you deck them out in a toilet paper wedding dress. I did participate in this one, and my group’s bride was Allison, Beth’s Maid of Honour, who is on the left. All the brides were beautiful in their dresses ;).
Beth and her bridal party :D
In keeping with my promise of summer workouts, I am off to squeeze in a long run before the season premiere of Trueblood. I’m hoping to do at least 5k, so wish me luck!
Hope you all had a great weekend as well!
One question: How did you keep your eating in check at summer functions?